Putting Naloxone On The Shelves

Sep 28, 2018
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Naloxone can save a person from a potentially fatal opioid overdose. That's why local health care professionals are sponsoring a petition to make a cheaper version of it available over-the-counter.

Even opioid-manfucaturing giant Purdue Pharma has donated $3 million to a nonprofit company that plans to make an over-the-counter version of naloxone, albeit to repair its own image after fueling the opioid crisis.

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Thinking about towing that heavy trailer from the back of your Prius? Maybe think twice about it.

Once a month, Zach Edwards of Ashland Automotive visits to answer our questions and yours about mysteries under the hood.

Gracefully Aging of Aquarius

Sep 28, 2018

It's the Baby Boomers' turn: the generation has moved from the Age of Aquarius to the Aging of Aquarius and is now entering retirement.

The big question is, what do I do for the next 30 years? Octogenarian Helen Wilkes, a retired professor and activist, has written a guide to help people starting retirement. She joins us to talk about her new book, The Aging of Aquarius.

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  Underground History is one of The Jefferson Exchange's most popular segments.

But why just listen on the radio? We're bringing Underground History above ground with Underground History Live!

Join Jefferson Exchange host Geoffrey Riley and Chelsea Rose and Mark Tveskov from SOU’s Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA) for the next edition of Underground History Live, Monday, October 29 from 6 – 8 pm at Common Block Brewing in Medford.

Terry Robb is one of the top acoustic blues guitarists of our time. His signature fingerpicking style has earned him international acclaim from worldwide audiences, music critics and his distinguished peers. Incorporating elements from the Mississippi Delta music tradition, ragtime, country, swing and free jazz, Robb has built a unique blues sound that has made him a legend in his prolific music career spanning more than four decades.

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Think about the supplies needed in a medical training facility: bandages, stethoscopes, defibrillators, makeup.  Makeup? 

True... before health workers treat people with serious injuries, they need to practice on people who APPEAR to have serious injuries.  And that's where the practice of "moulage" comes in. 

It's basically the use of realistic theater/movie makeup to simulate lacerations and broken bones and more.  And it is valuable for training at Oregon Health & Science University

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A new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California suggests the fate of Proposition 6, which would repeal last year’s gas tax increase, could rest on what voters think they’re being asked to decide.



"Love is merely a madness; and, I tell you, deserves as well a dark house and a whip as madmen do..."

So says Shakespeare, anyway. Frank Tallis might agree.

In his new book, The Incurable Romantic and Other Tales of Madness and Desire, writer and clinical psychologist Frank Tallis shares stories from his own practice of patients whose obsessive love of others has turned to madness.


California has seen some of the worst wildfires in its history this year. The explosive nature of the fires is due in part to serious long-term droughts in the state.

A new report from The Public Policy Institute of California analyzes the state's ongoing problems with drought and proposes strategies for managing  California's water supply in the future.

California Hospitals Confront Growing Wildfire Danger At Disaster Planning Event

Sep 26, 2018
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When the Thomas Fire ripped through 280,000 acres near Ventura and Santa Barbara counties this past December, the staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital were prepared.

Study: Climate Change Hits National Parks Hard

Sep 25, 2018

Climate change is heating up national parks much faster than the rest of the U.S. That’s according to a first-of-its-kind study that looked all 417 national parks, including those in the Pacific Northwest.


Elementary schools have been back in school for a couple weeks now. That might be a relief for parents, but not so much for local teachers.

Medford school districts say there's been a  rise of violent and disruptive students in their elementary schools.

We hear from Medford Education Association president Troy Pomeroy about the problem. He's joined by Dr. Todd Bloomquist, who is leading the trauma-informed efforts with the Grants Pass School District.

Brown Signs California Health Care Package, ‘Public Option’ Still In The Cards

Sep 25, 2018

Gov. Jerry Brown signed five bills this weekend that seek to make health care more accessible to low and middle income Californians.

Oregon Capitol's Flowering Cherry Trees May Come Down

Sep 24, 2018

The Oregon Capitol’s famous flowering cherry trees may have seen their last season.

State officials say the trees’ roots might be causing damage to the roof of the underground parking structure below. If so, the trees will need to be removed.

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We’ve all seen the beautiful pictures of ancient Redwood trees on social media. It’s almost a necessity when you visit to take a picture and share it with the world. But are those posts harming the trees?

After seeing photos on social media, some adventure to find the exact locale, where that specific tree is, even if it’s off the designated trail. Known as “social trails,” they are unmarked trails that humans create through repeated use, and they prove to be harmful to the surprisingly shallow Redwood roots.

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Oregon's Measure 105 seeks to revoke Oregon's status as a "sanctuary state," which limits local law agencies' cooperation with federal immigration officers. The Oregon AFL-CIO took up a position against the measure. A union rep visits to explain why the union wants the sanctuary status to stay in place.

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Hip-hop has eclipsed rock as America's most important musical culture. In this month's The Kennest Observers, guest Vikki Tobak joins host Robert Goodwin in discussing a striking collection of candid photographs of the legends and innovators of hip-hop.

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Crystal McAuley, a 36-year-old mother from Napa, said she powered through the anxiety and depression she felt around her first pregnancy in 2014. It wasn’t until her second son was born that she became overwhelmed.

“It is often described as this magical, happy time where women are just in love with their babies and in love with their new lives,” she said. “If you’re not feeling that 110 percent — and on top of that you’re exhausted, you feel guilty, you’re having a hard time taking care of yourself — it makes you really want to hide.”

Oregon's 'Model Dress Code' Aims To Make School Policies More Fair

Sep 24, 2018
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Leggings. Skirts that hit above the knee. Spaghetti-strap tank tops.

That was what some students were wearing when they were pulled out of class for dress code violations in schools around the country. In 2015, several of the dress code violation stories went viral.

The stories reached Lisa Frack, then the president of the National Organization for Women's Oregon chapter (Oregon NOW).

For Rural Communities, Wildfire Brings Economic Help, Hardships

Sep 23, 2018
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Wildfire represents both risk and reward for some small communities in the Northwest. Walking the line between a “good fire” and a “bad fire” can be tricky.

For the Methow Valley in north-central Washington, wildfire is a way of life. Over the years, rural communities here have learned to live with the threat, tragedy and benefits of fire on the land.